I believe there has been confusion of Malaysia banknote series from what I written in my blog compare with the some of the guide book published in the market. Some of you may raise a question as there has been twelve series of Malaysia banknotes issued or circulated in the market but I have only mentioned not more than four series of Malaysia banknotes in my blog. What's going on?
Accordingly to Bank Negara Malaysia, there are only four series of Malaysia banknote that were released to the public since 1967. Of course throughout each series of these banknotes, there were some minor changes on the banknote itself. These changes could be due to changing of spelling, slightly modification of the design, change of Governor signature, adding new security feature etc. Despite these changes, they are still grouped and classified as the same series.
However, many of the guide book that you encountered in the market has identified each of the changes mentioned above as a new series of banknote that issued by Bank Negara Malaysia. Of course, by doing so, it eases the collector's ability to differential the changes of the banknote. Thus, you will find some guide book that will have as many as twelve series of note.
Let us explore on the differences that I highlighted earlier. I suppose the First Series has four different types. I have named them as First Series Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4. The Second Series consists three different types. Therefore using the same methodology, they are classified as 2nd Series Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3. Also, the Third Series can be differential in four different types and they are known as 3rd Series Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4.
However, all the different type of notes mentioned above have been segregated and tagged as different series in the guide book. For example, the four types in First series has been named as 1st Series, 2nd Series, 3rd Series and etc. It continues applying to subsequent issuance note and thus it ends up with twelve series of note (refer to the following printed in red)
1st Series Type 1 (1st Series) 1967-1972
It was signed by Tun Ismail bin Mohamed Ali. It used the old Malay spelling "Di-perlakukan", "Gabenor" and "Sa for SA-PULOH, SA-RATUS & SA-RIBU".
1st Series Type 2 (2nd Series) 1972-1976
It was signed by Tun Ismail bin Mohamed Ali. The words "Diperlakukan" and "Gabenur" were used to replace the old Malay spelling. "Sepuluh", "Seratus" and "Seribu" were used.
1st Series Type 3 (3rd Series) 1976-1981
It was signed by Tun Ismail bin Mohamed Ali. Slight changes on the note design. The "$1" on the bottom left corner had been removed. A relative small dollar sign ($1) was introduced at the top left corner.
1st Series Type 4 (4th Series) 1981-1983
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Aziz bin Haji Taha.
2nd Series Type 1 (5th Series) 1982-1984
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Abd Aziz bin Hj. Taha. A recognisable blind mark was introduced at the upper left corner.
2nd Series Type 2 (6th Series) 1986-1995
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Jaffar Hussein. it removed the blind mark on the upper left hand corner. The serial number which was previously printed horizontally is now printed vertically in red colour.
2nd Series Type 3 (7th Series) 1995-1998
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Mohd.
3rd Series Type 1 (8th Series) 1996-1998
It was singed by Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Mohd Don on the bottom left side of the notes.
3rd Series Type 2 (9th Series) 1999
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan on the bottom left side of the notes.
3rd Series Type 3 (10th Series) 1999
It was signed Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ali Abul Hassan's signature has been shifted to the center of the note.
3rd Series Type 4 (11th Series) 2000
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz at the center of the note.
4th Series Type 1 (12th Series) 2007
It was signed by Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz.